A "Sunshine Massey Harris 745 D Tractor" tag relating to the 745D tractor manufactured by H. V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd. The tag was used to record the correct level of 10 W/30 multi-grade motor oil in the sump of the tractor. The date 12 June 1957 is handwritten on the tag.

Part of a collection of photographs, negatives, moving film, artefacts, documents and trade literature belonging to the H. V. McKay Sunshine Collection. The McKay collection is regarded as one of the most significant industrial heritage collections in Australia. The collection relates to the agricultural manufacturing firm, the Sunshine Harvester Works. The Australian operations of this company were originally founded by Hugh V. McKay in the 1890s in Ballarat. Between 1906 and 1907, McKay moved production to Sunshine where the firm became one of the largest industrial businesses in Australia. Change in ownership is a recurring theme in the company's history. In 1930, it merged with Massey-Harris to become H.V McKay Massey Harris. In the mid-1950s, the company was absorbed by Canadian agricultural firm Massey-Ferguson. Production in Sunshine ceased in the mid-1980s, following almost 100 years of manufacturing agricultural equipment.

Physical Description

A light brown piece of card with text printed in black ink on the obverse. Handwritten text in blue ink also appears on the obverse. A hole is punched on the left side of the obverse, and cardboard reinforcement rings are adhered around the hole on both sides. Text printed in black ink appears on the cardboard reinforcement ring on the reverse of the tag.

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